Non-Sequitur: Happy Hobbit Day!!!

Hi guys! It’s time for a new feature at Buttered Popcorn! We’re calling it the Non-Sequitur of the Unspecified Timeframe! As the title suggests, we have no idea how often we will do these, and they’re completely unrelated to Tom Cruise! (Well… maybe not completely unrelated.  Stay tuned, and maybe we’ll see about that!)

Today is September 22nd! Why is that a big deal? Because it’s the combined birthday of two of Michelle’s favorite literary (and film) characters – Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins!!! 😀 Happy Birthday, fellas! Today is also celebrated among J.R.R. Tolkien fans as “Hobbit Day”, where fans try to do something hobbit-ish in honor of these two wonderful characters.

So come along with us while we pay tribute to two of the final Ring Bearers – Bilbo and Frodo – and of course, other hobbits, too! Since this is a movie blog, we will share our opinions on a few movie adaptations that feature our favorite residents of Bag End, Hobbiton. Since Michelle is the resident Tolkien nerd of our duo, she will guide us along on our little journey.

If you haven’t watched any of the many film adaptations of Tolkien’s most popular books, you can get them at the below links. (This will also serve as a list of the movies we will potentially be spoiling under the “read more”!)

The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Return of the King animated movies
The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy and Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy

And, of course, we’re kinda spoiling the books too, so check them out!
The Hobbit (by itself)
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

*** Spoilers beyond this point!! ***

“Pop that popcorn and read on!”

Unboxing: The Mummy – Amazon BluRay

Welcome to another Tom Cruise Tuesday!  “The Mummy” came out a week ago today, and (of course) we had our copy the same day!  We’ve decided to celebrate Tom today by taking a look at the Amazon BluRay.  We have reason to believe that this is the same as the Target copy.  There is also a Best Buy exclusive that includes a graphic novel!  We hope to buy this before the end of the month and share details of that one as well.

For now, if you haven’t purchased the movie yet, you can do so here:

Now let’s take a look!!

Melt that butter and read on!

Buttered Popcorn Movie-Time Sweepstakes!

Welcome to Buttered Popcorn’s very first giveaway!!  We are so excited to be able to share something nice with our readers and fellow Tom Cruise fans.  By popular demand, we will give away ONE of two great prizes!

Stuff you could win:

A BluRay or DVD copy of The Mummy

OR

A $25.00 AMC Theaters gift card (Pssst!  Use it to go see “American Made”!)

The winner will get to choose which one they want once the contest is complete!

The contest will run from September 12, 2017 at 8:00AM through September 26th at 8:00PM (Pacific Standard Time).

The winner will be announced as soon as possible after the contest closes. Click below for all the deets!



Pop that popcorn and read on!

Tom Cruise Tuesday! – PicSpam: The Mummy!

Welcome to Tom Cruise Tuesday!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: PICTURE time!! Tom Cruise’s foray into the Dark Universe was released on BluRay and DVD today! In honor of this momentous occasion, this week’s Tom Cruise Tuesday will spread some love for this brave, beautiful film with an EPIC picpspam!

Come along with us and join in our appreciation of a movie that honored an old tradition, and turned traditional roles on their heads, all while making us laugh, cry, and put our brains to work on some interesting concepts! For (most of) our full thoughts on the movie, check out our review.

Haven’t seen this movie yet? Fix that STAT! Click the image below for info:

Now, let’s get to the pics!! We capped these ourselves, and we’re excited to share!  Feel free to use these images, but please let people know where you found them, and please save to your own server.

These pics will include scenes from the whole movie, so SPOILERS AHEAD!

Here’s a pretty one to start us off:

We can look at this face all day long.

Melt that butter and read on!

Tom Cruise Tuesday! – Creator’s Corner: InfiniteRider Origins

Welcome to another Tom Cruise Tuesday!

This week, we present another “Creator’s Corner”! Step inside the minds of your hosts, and find out a little more about what Tom Cruise means to us!

This week’s “Creator’s Corner” features Michelle (infiniterider)! Who is Michelle, you ask? Here’s a little bit of basic info about the usually!talkative half of Buttered Popcorn!

Full Name: Michelle Perry (aka infiniterider, aka Michie)
Age: As old as her tongue, and a little older than her teeth
Role at Buttered Popcorn: Tom Cruise review planning/writing, Non-sequitur review planning/writing, Featurette planning/writing, Social media management, Advertising research/management
Hobbies: reading, writing, calligraph-ing, hiding from cats

Read on as Michelle answers the probing questions that will show how her love of Tom Cruise became a borderline obsession! (Heh, did we say borderline?)

Like to see the movie where it all began? Click the image below for info:

Pop that popcorn and read on!

Collateral

Tom Cruise almost always plays the hero in his films. Even when he’s an anti-hero, like in “Jack Reacher”, we’re still rooting for him to win. Buttered Popcorn can’t wait to dig into one of the rare films where Tom Cruise plays the unequivocal villain. Join us for a look into the wild ride that is Tom Cruise’s 2006 summer offering: Collateral.

Smartass Summary: The story of four people who should have stayed in bed.

Slightly less smartass summary: A nihilist and a moralist walk into a bar…

Ok ok, REAL summary: Man tries to live his life like a normal person, but fate, and a sociopath on a mission, have other plans.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn loves this movie! It’s a wild ride through a wild night, filled with tension, action, and (believe it or not) humorous moments. The movie starts out in a sneaky way, just a casual little ride through the Los Angeles cityscape.  But when the action hits, it hits with a crash! The suspense, the intensity, and the insights into the philosophy of the two main characters draw us in and keep us excited to see more.

If you haven’t seen the movie, check it out below! If you’re anything like Buttered Popcorn, you won’t regret it.

***Spoilers beyond this point!***



Melt that butter and read on!

Tom Cruise Tuesday! – Creator’s Corner: NevadaFighter Origins

Hi there, and welcome to another Tom Cruise Tuesday!

Of course, we all know the truth: every day is Tom Cruise Day! But Tuesday is our special day to post a little something in honor of our favorite actor. This week, we’ve decided to reveal a little more about ourselves. Step inside the minds of your hosts, and find out a little more about what Tom Cruise means to us!

Our first “Creator’s Corner” features Rosalinda (nevadafighter)! Who is Rosalinda, you ask? Here’s a little bit of basic info about the usually!silent half of Buttered Popcorn!

Full Name: Rosalinda StMatthew (aka nevadafighter, aka Rosie)
Age: As old as her tongue, and a little older than her teeth
Role at Buttered Popcorn: Technical advisor/Technical suppor, Graphic designer, Tom Cruise review planning/editing, Non-Sequitur review planning/editing, Featurette planning/editing, Time management advisor
Hobbies: reading, writing, painting, drawing, hiding from cats

Read on as I (Michelle) ask the probing questions that will show how Rosie’s love of Tom Cruise began, and how it grew to epic proportions!

Pop that popcorn and read on!

Tom Cruise Tuesday! – Character Interview: Nick Morton

Welcome to Tom Cruise Tuesday!! This is a brand new feature we’re bringing to Buttered Popcorn, and we’re SO excited to share it with you!

Of course, we all know the truth: every day is Tom Cruise Day! But we’ve chosen Tuesday as a special day where each week, we will post a little feature: trivia, pictures, or mini character studies, all honoring Tom or one of his characters.

This week, in celebration of the digital release of The Mummy, we’ve decided to feature Tom Cruise’s character from the movie, Nick Morton. We’ve invited Nick to our virtual studio to answer a few questions for us. How does that sound, Nick?

Great! Let’s get started! First, here’s a bit of basic information about Nick:

Full Name: Sgt. Nick Morton
Age: About 40-ish
Occupation: U.S. Army: Long Range Reconnaissance Expert
Hobbies: liberating precious antiquities
Friends: Vail, Jenny
Enemies: Princess Ahmanet and her zombie army, mad scientists, evil crows, gravity

Ready for our questions now, Nick?

Great! Read on to find out more about our intrepid soldier!

If you’d like detailed information about him, click below for info:

Melt that butter and read on!

In Defense of David Aames (Character Study – Vanilla Sky)

Oh, look at us doing something new! We have been toying with the idea of dedicating posts to certain characters, and we’re flexing our fingers by trying it out with David Aames! If you’re looking for our Vanilla Sky movie review, look no further! This post may or may not make more sense if you read this after you read the movie review. But it will definitely make more sense if you have seen the movie first.

Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Okay! You went? You watched the movie? Great!

***Spoilers beyond this point! In fact, the spoilers are so spoilery that we’re actually putting in a read-more!***

Last chance:

Pop that popcorn and read on!

Vanilla Sky

Ready to get metaphysical? Time for a wild ride, as Buttered Popcorn dives into the mysterious, exciting, poignant and disturbing world of Tom Cruise’s 2001 winter offering, Vanilla Sky

Smartass Summary: The one with the bomb soundtrack.

Slightly less smartass summary: Tom Cruise gets plastic surgery.

Ok ok, REAL summary: Guy with daddy issues learns who his true friends are.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn loves this movie! It’s full of drama, romance, and emotional intensity, and the plot has twists and turns that will make your jaw drop. You’re invited to follow David Aames (Jr.) through his “brilliant journey of self awakening”, during which he learns much – about himself, about his friends, about the nature of life and death. And it’s all framed by visually stunning scenes and absolutely amazing music! In other words – watch it!

Go ahead… We’ll wait.

Seriously, because we’re gonna spoil it soon, so if you haven’t watched it yet, go on over, grab the movie and watch away. We’re telling you now, you won’t regret it.

Last chance:

***Spoilers beyond this point!***



Melt that butter and read on!